Fr Brian D’Souza blessing the prayer monitors during the celebrations. Fr Brian D’Souza blessing the prayer monitors during the celebrations.
Prayer monitors from CHIJ Our Lady of Good Counsel were blessed by Fr Brian D’Souza on April 24, during the school’s feast day and 55th anniversary celebrations.

The prayer monitors’ role in school is to help to lead their fellow classmates in prayer at pre-recess, post-recess and at the end of the school day.

After a Mass attended by guests-of-honour Sr Maria Lau, provincial of the IJ Sisters, and former principal, Mrs Josephine Colaco, the monitors, dressed in white, were led on stage.

In the meantime, the school sang the hymn Our Lady of Good Counsel, written by alumnae Jacqueline Peeris.

The monitors then recited the prayer to Our Lady of Good Counsel, which was written by Mrs Lesley Goonting, the school’s chaplain.

Prayer monitor, Shawnna Van Huizen, a Pri 6 student, said that she found her role meaningful as she could lead her friends in prayer.

The prayer monitor programme began in 2012. It aims to provide students an opportunity to engage in servant leadership roles. Each class has two student monitors, who undergo a short training programme led by two staff members.

School’s milestones
  • 1960: Convent of Our Lady of Good Counsel was established, comprising a single building block with its main school gate at Cooling Close, Serangoon Gardens.

  • 1970: The school was converted to a primary school while another full-fledged convent, St Joseph’s Convent,  converted from a full school to a secondary school. The secondary pupils of the school were transferred to St Joseph’s Convent while the primary pupils came over to the Convent of Our Lady of Good Counsel.

  • 1988: Convent of Our Lady of Good Counsel was renovated and extended again. The main school gate was relocated to Burghley Drive.

  • 1992: Convent of Our Lady of Good Counsel was renamed CHIJ Our Lady of Good Counsel.

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